Central District Health encourages COVID-19 vaccines for children

Central District Health health officials spoke about the licensed use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 to help address questions or concerns and dispel misconceptions about the vaccine.

Medical director Dr Sandy Mudge said the vaccine can protect children against serious illness from COVID infection. The state has reported 40,000 cases of COVID-19 in children, Mudge said. So far, 262 children in Idaho have been hospitalized. Two-thirds of hospitalized children are immunocompromised or have an underlying health condition, such as asthma or obesity, while one-third of hospitalized children have no underlying health condition.

Other reasons children are vaccinated include protecting children against multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), long-term COVID-19 or unknown effects, and protecting the rest of the community.

Related: How can parents get their children vaccinated against COVID-19?

“We know that children can, if they are infected, even if they have a mild case, they can still infect other members of their household and they can bring it to school, daycare or kindergarten,” Mudge said.

Parents who wish to fully vaccinate their children in time for the holidays should be aware that the two doses are given 21 days apart and full effectiveness is not achieved until two weeks after the second dose.

Related: COVID-19 vaccine available for children ages 5-11 at Treasure Valley clinics

Clinics across the state are scheduling appointments or hosting walk-ins for children to receive their first dose of vaccine.

For information on the Idaho COVID-19 vaccine Click here.

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